Even though they disagree on one pretty salient point, new Browns coach Hue Jackson said he’d be wise to heed the counsel of Browns Hall of Famer Jim Brown.
Brown has been a special advisor to the team since 2013, and Jackson said he wants to tap into his wisdom as he acclimates to his new gig.
“I’m looking forward to finding out as many things as Jim Brown knows that can help our football team be the best that it can be,” Jackson told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “We’re talking about a guy that did it as well as anybody ever, so it would be really smart on my part to sit and talk to him and have him tell me the things that he sees and that he’s felt.
“I think I’ll get to know him even better as I go through this process of being the head coach in Cleveland,” said Jackson. “Obviously he’s a sensational person, humanitarian, and football player. There are so many things to describe to Jim Brown.”
Of course, one of those things would be “Johnny Manziel supporter,” something Jackson apparently is not.
Brown said he didn’t want to see Manziel “traded or anything like that,” but the team’s hand-washing statement following Manziel’s latest brush with the law effectively took care of that.
But beyond the fate of Manziel, it is worthwhile for Jackson to keep Brown in the loop, if only to remind a new generation of Browns that it is possible to win football games in Cleveland.